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NSGC Special Interest Group Grant Awards

ART/INFERTILITY SIG GRANT AWARD

The Assisted Reproductive Technology and Infertility Special Interest Group (ART SIG) formalized this grant award program in 2013. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetic services in this field. This grant award is only available to current ART SIG members. The amount of the award will vary from year to year, depending on the current budget and other ART SIG projects which require funding. The deadline for application submissions can vary each year, however, the deadline is typically on or around July 1st.

Primary contact: Ellen Johnson ellen.johnson2@sanfordhealth.org and Paulina Nassab paulina.nassab@igenomix.com

ART/Infertility SIG Award Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria can be accessed here.

CANCER SIG GRANT AWARD

The CA-SIG Grant Award (CSGA) was created in 2002 to provide money for smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of cancer genetic services. The amount of money available for projects is different from year to year as it is based on the anticipated budget surplus. Proposals are due on February 15th of each year. 

Any questions or concerns about the Cancer SIG Grant Award should be directed to the current CSGA Jillian Huang; jillian.huang@utsouthwestern.edu

Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines - Detailed information about the CSGA application and funding process.

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS SIG GRANT AWARD

The CF and CFTR Spectrum SIG is offering a $300 award/scholarship for a CF-related project. Membership in the CF SIG is not required to be eligible for the award. Both students and established genetic counselors are welcome to apply! Those interested in applying can send a brief summary of their project or proposal to the SIG co-chairs by Monday, November 19th, 2018

Please reach out to  Amy Powers, MS CGC (apowers3@fairview.org) or Kimberly Foil, MS CGC (foilk@musc.edu) with any questions.

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EDUCATION SIG GRANT AWARD

The purpose of the NSGC Education Special Interest Group is to promote communication among genetic counselors whose work or interests include the education of patients, healthcare providers, the public, the next generation of genetic counselors, and students of all ages. The Education SIG promotes discussion and sharing of educational topics, ideas, strategies, and resources. In addition, the Education SIG helps to promote and support the role of genetic counselors in education. Enabling genetic counselors to become better educators will strengthen awareness and recognition of the genetic counseling profession. 

  • Current NSGC members in good standing may submit an application. Education SIG (ED SIG) membership is not required. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor.
  • Grant award(s) will be given to (a) member(s) whose research meets the aims of the Education SIGs mission statement selected by the Education Special Interest Group Award Committee (EDSAC).
  • Multiple awards may be selected, depending on the quality of applications. Final decision of awards is reserved for the EDSAC with distribution of monies dependent on the proposed budget, review scores, and applicability to the general advancement of education research.
  • A maximum of $400 will be awarded per application.
  • The application deadline will be July 16, 2021 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Kate Shane-Carson at Kate.Shane@osumc.edu. All pertinent information regarding the Education SIG grant award and proposal submission can be found in the 2021 Education SIG Grant Award Guidelines.

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HEALTH IT SIG GRANT AWARD

As technology advances in the fields of genetics and healthcare, the Health Information Technology Special Interest Group (Health IT SIG) intends to stay abreast of how technology impacts our profession. The Health IT SIG is seeking to fund research or project developed by genetic counselors or genetic counseling students relevant to the use of health information technology in genetics, genomics, or genetic counseling.

Award Amount: The award amount is up to $500.00

Deadlines: October 20th, 2021. A determination of which proposal will be funded will be made by November 1st, 2021. Funds will be issues by early December. Project funds need to be spent by December 14th, 2021.

Click here to read more about eligibility, application instructions, and project requirements.

Contact: Any questions regarding the HIT SIG Grant Award may be directed to SIG Co-Chairs, Pooja Mohan (pmohan@natera.com) and Deanna Erwin (deannaerwincgc@gmail.com).

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INTERNATIONAL SIG GRANT AWARD

Overview: To promote research on international genetic counseling topics, the International SIG usually provides funding for one or two small projects led by a genetic counseling professional or student. ISIG funding typically covers the cost of gift card incentives for survey participants, translation and/or transcription services, poster or other publication costs, etc. Please see here for an overview of previously funded studies.

Eligibility and Requirements: Open to interested applicants worldwide. Not restricted to NSGC members, although collaboration with an NSGC member is highly encouraged and preferred. Genetic counseling students must be enrolled, and in good standing, at a genetic counseling training program at the time of application.

The winner of the scholarship will need to (1) provide the SIG with updates at 6 months and 1 year from award receipt (2) share a summary of the findings from their project with the ISIG membership (3) share a link/ PDF to any papers, presentations, posters, articles, or other publications that arise from this study (4) return any unused funds to the SIG and (5) disclose International SIG funding on any publications that arise from this study.

Application: Please apply online here.

Deadlines: Rolling, evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. The last date to submit applications for consideration is November 30th. Please submit at least 1-2 months before funding is needed to ensure timely receipt of award, if selected. All funds must be used within one year of award or, for students, by the date of graduation.

Award Amount: The requested amount can be up to $400. The amount approved will depend upon available funds for that year as well as the number of successful applications.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this award opportunity, please email nsgcinternationalsig@gmail.com and specify “ISIG grant award” in the subject line.

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LAB/INDUSTRY SIG GRANT AWARD

Overview: The goals of the NSGC Lab/Industry SIG Grant Award are to promote projects which contribute to the success of genetic counselors in industry and laboratory-based roles and to support development in this field of genetic counseling. The purpose of the award is to provide limited funds to smaller projects that contribute to these goals.

Eligibility: Any current full or student NSGC member in good standing may submit an application. 

Deadlines: Applications are accepted year round. All funds must be used within one year of award or, for students, by the date of graduation. The project must have a timeline with an expected completion date. Applications may be submitted electronically at any time prior to the deadline.

Award Amount and Description: The requested amount can be up to $1,000. The awards approved depend upon available funds and the number of successful applications. The final decision is made by the co-chairs. Download the LISIG Grant Award Proposal form.

Primary Contact:  For more information about this award opportunity, please email Sarah Witherington at sarah.e.witherington@gmail.com and Andrew McCarty at Andrew.McCarty@perkinelmer.com and put “LISIG Grant Proposal” in the subject line.

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METABOLISM/LYSOSOMAL STORAGE DISEASES SIG GRANT AWARD

The Metabolism/LSD SIG was formed in January of 2003 to promote the role of genetic counselors in the field of metabolism and lysosomal storage diseases. One of the main goals of our SIG is to educate the NSGC membership regarding the management, treatment, and counseling issues surrounding metabolic/lysosomal storage diseases through presentations and interactive workshops at the local, regional, and national level.

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetic services in this field.

Eligibility Criteria: This grant award is only available to current Metabolism/LSD SIG members or students working with a SIG member. Applicants must submit their NSGC member number within their application. Genetic counseling students should submit the NSGC member number for their research mentor. Applications must be received by September 8, 2017.

Grant/Award: The amount of the award will be up to $500, but may be split between applicants. To apply for this grant, please submit your proposal (maximum of 500 words) describing the project and how the award will be used. The winner of the award will need to provide the SIG with receipts of their expenses in 2017 and return unused funds, if any. The winner must also share the findings/conclusions of their project with the SIG through a publication, presentation, poster, article, or other. 

Primary Contact: Lauren McNair Baggett, Chair at lbaggett@ggc.org or 864-388-1716 OR Elizabeth Smith, co-chair at elizabeth.d.smith@emory.edu or 404-778-8552.

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NEUROGENETICS SIG GRANT AWARD

The purpose of the NSGC Neurogenetics SIG Grant Award is to promote the mission of the SIG by funding projects that focus on genetic conditions that affect the nervous system and/or the importance of genetic counselors specializing in these conditions.

Eligibility: Current NSGC members in good standing and genetic counseling students mentored by an NSGC member. Neurogenetics SIG membership is not required. The NSGC ID of the applicant or sponsor must be included.

Grant Award: This will be awarded to a member or student whose research project supports the mission of the Neurogenetics SIG. Projects that may be considered include:

  • Research projects focused on neurogenetic conditions, the role that genetic counselors play in this patient population, and/or that highlight the need for genetic counselors in neurology.
  • Advocacy programs/projects which help to spread public awareness about neurogenetic conditions and/or genetic counselors who specialize in working with patients who are affected by neurogenetic disease.

Award Amount: Depending on budgetary restrictions, grant awards may be limited to one to two projects per year with the final decision of awards reserved for the Neurogenetics SIG chairs. There is no minimum or maximum award amount, but the average award is $400-1,000.

2021 Grant Application Instructions

Application Deadline: Applications are due 11:59PM ET on Monday July 26h, 2021. Proposals must be submitted electronically to Shawn Gessay MS, CGC at gessays75@gmail.com.

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PEDIATRIC AND CLINICAL SIG GRANT AWARD

2019 Annual Conference Travel Grant 

The Pediatric and Clinical SIG will provide up to (2) Conference Travel Grants for up to $800 for the 2018 NSGC Annual Conference. The purpose of the Conference Travel Grant is to facilitate dissemination of genetic counseling research and education to SIG members by defraying conference travel costs. Applicants must be members of the Pediatric and Clinical SIG (full, new or student) in good standing. Funds may be used for conference-related expenses, including travel (mileage, parking, airfare, shuttle, etc.), conference registration, lodging, or other meeting-related expenses. Funds may not be used for entertainment, food or drink. Applications will be accepted from September 30, 2019. An announcement of awardees will be on October 15th by email.  Please see full description for application details.

Click here for eligibility, requirements and instructions on submitting an application.

2019 Pediatric and Clinical SIG Research Grant Award 

The Pediatric and Clinical Special Interest Group formalized this research grant award in 2015. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to research projects which focus on topics related to genetics services in the pediatric or general genetics fields, advocacy programs/projects which help to spread public awareness about specific genetic conditions, and/or genetic counselors who specialize in working with patients who are affected by these conditions. The grant award is available to genetic counseling students currently enrolled in an accredited training program or current Pediatric and Clinical SIG members. The amount of the award is up to $1,000. All applications will be reviewed by the grant award committee and winners will be announced via email by October 15th of that calendar year. Each awardee has until the end of the following calendar year to use funds and complete the project. Applications will be accepted from September 30, 2019. An announcement of awardees will be on October 15th by email.  

Click here to see a full description for application details.

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PRECISION MEDICINE SIG GRANT AWARD

Research Grant Award

The Precision Medicine Special Interest Group (PMSIG) will again be issuing a Research Grant Award,with the goals of supporting research projects related to precision medicine and to promote genetic counselors' involvement in this area.

Deadlines:  August 13, 2021. A determination by the PM SIG co-chairs and select members of the SIG’s Research Working Group of which proposal(s) will be funded will be made by September 6, 2021. Funds will be issued in September. Projects should be completed and funds spent by December 31, 2022.
 
Award Amount: The award amount will range from $200-$600 depending on number of grants awarded.
 
Eligibility: Current NSGC Precision Medicine SIG members or genetic counseling students enrolled in an accredited training program may submit an application. PM SIG membership is not required for genetic counseling students.
 
Primary Contact: Please direct questions  or comments to PM SIG Chairs, Stacey Detweiler and Kristen Koprowski.

Click here to view more information about the Research Grant Award.

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PRENATAL SIG GRANT AWARD

The Prenatal Special Interest Group (SIG) is opening the call for proposals for the Spring 2021 Prenatal SIG Grant Award (PSGA). The purpose of this award is to provide limited funds to smaller projects that focus on the provision and study of prenatal genetic services. These awards may be granted to Prenatal SIG members and student members of NSGC. The amount and number of awards will vary from year to year, depending on the SIG budget. This Spring we can happily offer up to $1200 depending on the number of applicants awarded.

Proposals may be submitted from today's date until Friday, May 7, 2021, 11:59 p.m., EST. A determination of which proposal(s) will be funded shall be made by May 21, 2021. The PSGA will notify the authors of the funded proposal(s) as well as the authors of the unfunded proposals. The awardee(s) must accept the award in writing via email within 4 business days of notification.  

Projects that have broad interest to the SIG will be ranked higher than ones with a more limited scope, so please mention how your project's results might benefit others in the SIG. More limited projects are not disqualified for consideration and may get funded depending on the amount of money available and the number of proposals submitted. Proposed categories for applications are: Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inequality (JEDI); NIPT; psychosocial issues; prenatal imaging; professional issues; prenatal-to-postnatal patient transition

All pertinent information regarding the PSGA and proposal submission can be found through the 2021 Prenatal SIG Grant Award Guidelines. If there are any questions, please contact Beatrix Wong, Prenatal SIG grant award chair at Beatrix.wong@cchmc.org. The PSGA committee members are looking forward to serving the Prenatal SIG membership and funding projects to help further the field of genetic counseling!

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PSYCHIATRIC SIG GRANT AWARD

The Psychiatric Disorders Special Interest Group has opened the call for proposals for the 2021 Student Grant Award. This award supports research projects with themes relevant to psychiatric genetic counseling, and is available to current genetic counseling students enrolled in an accredited training program. The deadline to apply for this award is Friday July 30, at 11:59 pm EST.

We will award up to $400 USD for student research projects this year. Multiple grants may be awarded depending on the number and quality of submitted proposals. More information can be found through the Psychiatric SIG Grant Award Guidelines and by reviewing an Example Proposal.  

The primary contact for the grant award is Rachel Lasher, current Chair of the Psychiatric SIG Grant Award Committee. Please direct any questions or comments to Rachel (marbachr2@upmc.edu). Applications should be submitted directly to Rachel at the email address listed above.

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RESEARCH SIG GRANT AWARD

The Research SIG is proud to offer an annual award to support the research activities of genetic counselors and genetic counseling students. The amount varies from year to year but typically falls between $1,000-1,500. Depending on the applications received and the decision of the review committee, the award may be split among more than one proposal. The award is open to all members of the Research SIG, as well as students whose supervisor is a Research SIG member. There are no restrictions on the type of research or topic. The deadline for applications is typically August 31st of each year and a call for applications will be sent to all Research SIG members in advance. Please contact Pamela Brock, Research SIG Grant Award Committee chair, at pamela.brock@osumc.edu for all eligibility criteria and other requirements.

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STUDENT/NEW MEMBER SIG GRANT AWARD

The Student/New Member (SNM) Special Interest Group (SIG) is for the first time, in 2021, offering a grant award to support genetic counseling student research projects. This award is available to current genetic counseling students in an accredited training program. The 2021 deadline to apply for the award is Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. The award amount is up to $500 USD and may be split across multiple applicants depending on the competitiveness of applications and the budget requests in the proposals.

All pertinent information regarding SNM SIG grant award submissions can be found in the 2021 SNM SIG Grant Award Guidelines, available on the community home page of the SNM SIG. If you are not currently a member of the SIG, you are still more than welcome to apply. Please reach out to Courtney Cook, current Co-Chair of the SNM SIG, to be sent the grant guidelines. Please direct any questions or comments to Courtney by email (courtney.cook@alumni.ubc.ca).

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